Learners choose a topic about which to write for a class newsletter. In order to prepare for the article, they must choose the type of article they will write (hard news, features, announcements, and opinions/personal reflections) and make a list of the 5 Ws and 1 H: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. If an interview is involved, the learner formulates possible questions. __________________________________________________________
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2. Have the learners discuss why it is important to determine type of writing, purpose, audience, and format. Provide an example of a resume, a cover letter, a GED essay, or other type of writing. Discuss one with the class and have them fill in the type of writing, purpose, audience, and format together. Supply more examples and have learners complete the handout individually. After they have finished, discuss their answers in the whole group.
3. Have the class discuss the purpose of the newsletter. Some examples of purpose could be to keep learners informed about activities or personalities at your learning center. The audience could be students, teachers, and administrators. It is already established that your format is a newsletter but you could discuss other specifics such as the length and number of columns.
4. Next, have learners brainstorm stories for the newsletter. Have a flip chart available in order to write the subject of the story, the type of article, and the name of the writer.
5. After the assignments are made, discuss how to gather facts. Ask students to list on paper the 5 Ws and 1 H: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. Ask them to fill in what they already know and leave blank what they do not. This will serve as a guide. Ask them to make a list of people and other sources they will need to complete the assignments. If learners are planning to conduct interviews, suggest that they have some questions prepared before they start. Set a deadline for the first draft, the revision and final copy.
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